Sunday, July 12, 2015

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response



This past week I experienced a first. One of my monthly nutrition articles in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic, was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline reads, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products. The irony is that the article is limited by space so I could only get so much in. My rebuttal to his attack will allow me to publish additional points. Hopefully the news paper will publish it, but if not, it is here on the web!

This might be a bit long, but is well worth your time to read.

Here’s his letter followed by my response. For the original article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=541

His letter:
Rosen column based on faulty science

To the Editor


I recently had a chance to read your column on glyphosate by Bernard Rosen in which he discusses “research” on the negative health effects of glyphosate. This column is filled with inaccuracies and bad science. From the article: “As a side note, this is how Roundup kills bugs. It blows their guts up!” Roundup is a herbicide; it kills weeds, not bugs. The author may be confused with BT protein that is used as an insecticide, that protein does kill bugs by disrupting their guts. Interestingly, BT protein is commonly used as an insecticide in organic food production.

The rest of the author’s conclusions seem to be based on the “research” of Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. Dr. Seneff has her doctorate in electrical engineering. It appears her “research” is based on two laughable methodologies. First, she assumes all correlation equals causation. Roundup has seen a large increase in use at the same time that many diseases have increased, so Roundup must be the cause. You could use the same faulty argument to claim that the increase in autism the last 20 years must be caused by the huge increase in cell phone use. Celiac disease can be explained by the large increase in hybrid cars, or even the large increase in organic food sales. The increase in one variable at the same time that another variable increases does not mean the one causes the other.

The other methodology used seems to be that if glyphosate can disrupt certain bacteria, it must disrupt the bacteria in our guts. This argument again comes from an electrical engineer who didn’t actually do any biological research.

Don’t believe me, take the author’s advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff. You will find many articles debunking her wild claims. I think the best is on the Huffington Post (not a big supporter of Monsanto) titled “Condemning Monsanto with Bad Science is Just Dumb.”

Rick Lemke Mequon

Here’s my response:

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic.  The first “inaccuracy” Mr. Lemke cited is my statement that Roundup kills bugs by blowing up their guts. Mr. Lemke is correct in that Roundup is sold as an herbicide which is designed to kill plants and weeds, but inherently kills the bugs that eat the contaminated plants.  So, how do we get from an herbicide that kills weeds to killing bugs? Well, it turns out that glyphosate is patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic.  Antibiotics kill both soil bacteria and human or animal gut bacteria.  The collateral damage does not end with the destruction of the soil bacteria or killing of these bugs, but carries through the plant to the end user (humans) that ultimately consume the plant crop.  
   
Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964. This means it immobilizes nutrients so they are not physiologically available to the weed. Remember a “weed” is a plant. The plant is starved of minerals it needs to survive and thus dies. It is believed the same mechanism works in humans exposed to glyphosate. Thus the claim of various nutrient deficiencies described by Dr. Seneff.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer. Earlier this year the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate “probably carcinogenic.” That means it likely causes cancer. There are many studies supporting this conclusion. The web site Natural News recently had this to say, “Both Monsanto and the EPA knew full well, at least as early as 1981, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, causes cancer in mammals. Earlier studies conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s appear to have documented cancer-causing effects from glyphosate in rats, mice and dogs, though this information was buried by Monsanto with the blessing of the EPA.”

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles. Mr. Lemke continues his personal attack on Dr. Seneff calling her research “laughable” and makes other assumptions about her work. Dr. Seneff has a BS in Biophysics in 1968, a M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT.  Mr. Lemke was quick to dismiss Dr. Seneff’s degree in Biophysics given her doctorate degree in another area. However, these various degrees form the basis for her research interests that explore the intersection of biology and computer engineering in modeling.  There are many different opinions with scientists on all sides of this discussion. Each has persuasive arguments.  

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds.  Mr. Lemke should point out this fact.  He clearly has a financial stake in this discussion.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.
 
I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Lemke’s conclusion. “Don’t believe me; take the author’s (referring to me) advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff.” And do more: Google Glyphosate, GMOs, Cancer, Toxicity, Countries Banning Monsanto, and Countries Banning GMOs.
Bernard Rosen

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 2015 Newsletter - Summer Means Nice Weather and Fresh Vegetables


Summer has arrived with all its glory – long days, beautiful weather, and from a nutritional perspective – the beginning of lots of fresh vegetables and fruits! While there are a wide variety of nutrition experts offering their opinions –one that most agree on is to eat vegetables! Vegetables are loaded with important nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This month’s feature article reviews the vitamins most abundant in vegetables; next month’s focuses on the minerals. With the supply of fresh vegetables it is also a great time to consider a cleanse. Even if you are not up for the full 21 days I have several 10 day versions available as well.

This past month I’ve continued my blood chemistry training and have a new software program that analyzes your results and produces supplement recommendations. More on that below.

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 1
I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful and the days long, but it means our fresh local vegetables are here! They are at the road side stands, the Farmer’s Markets, and the CSAs begin delivering. For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA it means Consumer Supported Agriculture. You (the consumer) buy direct from local farmers who offer these programs. There are many CSAs in our area with deliveries likely into your neighborhood and I encourage you to find one. It is not only good for you, but supports your local farmer as well. The CSA I belong to had its first delivery of the year including basil, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, pole beans, and even some maple syrup!

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=555

Blood Chemistry Special Offer
As I mentioned above last month I attended another workshop on interpreting blood chemistry. I find this work fascinating since we all are familiar with the story – someone doesn’t feel well, they go to their doctor and have a blood test, and are told everything is “normal.” As I’ve said before “normal” does not mean “healthy.” Normal means you are under the bell curve and within 95% of the population taking the test at that lab. In today’s world that certainly doesn’t pass for healthy.

Part of this workshop included a software package. This program looks at all the information together, rather than in isolation. It finds the patterns and makes recommendations to bring the body into more healthy balance.

This month I have a special offer – I’ll do the analysis for $50 – one half the normal cost. You can bring in a recent blood test either from your doctor or go to http://www.directlabs.com/ to get a fresh blood draw at a local lab. For more information give me a call or send an email.

Speaking of Direct Labs – this month’s special is awesome – Male and Female Health Check – includes the Comprehensive Wellness Panel plus urinalysis, hormones, and C-Reactive protein (inflammation marker). 

Try a 10 Day Cleanse
Summer is a great time to take advantage of the fresh vegetables that are abundant and to a cleanse. Perhaps the 21 day program is too much commitment with all the summer parties? Well, I have the solution – a 10 day program! I have several options for you: – a 10-day detox, blood sugar balance, female vitality, male vitality, or anti-inflammation. For more information give me a call or send an email.



Monday, June 22, 2015

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 1



I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful and the days long, but it means our fresh local vegetables are here! They are at the road side stands, the Farmer’s Markets, and the CSAs begin delivering. For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA it means Consumer Supported Agriculture. You (the consumer) buy direct from local farmers who offer these programs. There are many CSAs in our area with deliveries likely into your neighborhood and I encourage you to find one. It is not only good for you, but supports your local farmer as well. The CSA I belong to had its first delivery of the year including basil, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, pole beans, and even some maple syrup!

Among the few concepts that virtually everyone providing nutritional advice will tell you is “eat more vegetables!” Why? Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The most nutritious vegetables are the dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, chard) and the Cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage). These are loaded with Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc.

In this article I’ll provide a brief summary of these vitamins and how they support the body. Part 2 will summarize the minerals.

Beta-carotene is found in plant food, such as carrots, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and leafy greens (collard greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens). Beta-carotene is the plant form of Vitamin A which our body will convert. Vitamin A supports the endocrine, immune, integumentary (that's skin), and reproductive systems along with our eyes.  It is required for growth and natural repair of many body tissues, and maintains integrity of blood cells and epithelial tissue lining the gut, lungs, and reproductive tract.

Vitamin C is found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, and red bell peppers. And of course during the summer we can get plenty of blueberries, strawberries, and cantaloupe melon – also a great source of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C supports all our cells and tissues and in doing so aids the blood, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.  It helps to form collagen which is in our connective tissue – it keeps us together!  It also facilitates iron absorption and assists in cholesterol metabolism.  

Folate is found in leafy greens (collard greens, spinach), legumes (black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, navy beans, pinto beans), and asparagus. Folate is the natural form of folic acid used by your body to facilitate life! It is critical to the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids. This metabolism is what makes everything happen in your body which is why I say it facilitates life. Folate is at the heart of methylation – perhaps the most critical function of the body. It is beyond the scope of this article but I encourage you to consult Dr. Google to learn more. In short, folate supports overall growth and development and blood cell formation and supports normal growth of the fetus.  

Vitamin E is found in leafy greens (collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens), and olives. We can also get Vitamin E from almonds and sunflower seeds. Vitamin E supports a healthy immune system and proper nerve and muscle function. It is also important to the heart and supports circulation through healthy blood clotting.  It keeps the skin and hair shiny and healthy.  

Vitamin K is found primarily in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage.  There are two forms of Vitamin K – K1 and K2 – one from plant and one from animal – and yes we need both! While it is best known for clotting, it is also involved in bone mineralization, a critical part of making bone and promotes healthy liver function.

Please note that these vitamins are found in other food sources as well. For the purposes of this article I wanted to illustrate their availability in all the wonderful fresh vegetables (and a few fruits) that are being grown locally and are now or will soon be available to you. Enjoy! 

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Something Old and Something New - June 2015 Newsletter



Greetings! This past month sure flew by quickly! Probably because it was my busiest ever! I want to thank you all for being part of that – as a client, in referring, or as a mentor. Thanks for helping my practice continue to grow and to be able to reach and help more and more people.

This newsletter features:

Something Old: I can never resist promoting a cleanse! 

And Something New: more on glyphosate and my love of learning. 

Now Three Different Cleanses to Choose From
I can never resist promoting a cleanse! As the weather gets warmer (hopefully that will soon occur here in Wisconsin!) there is greater availability of local produce. These foods provide the basis for the healthy way of eating that is universal to any cleansing program.

While my favorite cleanse is the “old reliable” 21 Day Purification Program from Standard Process, many of you have done that and are looking for something different. I’ve recently introduced the Opening Cellular Pathways cleanse from Physica Energetics with excellent client reviews. I also have two version of a Dysbiosis (or Gut) Cleanse – one using Standard Process products and one using Physica products. These too have received rave reviews. 

Glyphosate Revisited
Right after last month’s newsletter went out I came across even more disturbing news regarding glyphosate and Roundup. First was the International Agency for Research in Cancer announcing that glyphosate was “likely carcinogenic” (that means cancer causing!). And second was something I learned at the autoimmune seminar (see below) that wheat is routinely soaked in Roundup as part of the processing. This means that any wheat product here in the US that is not organic, has likely been soaked in Roundup. If you haven’t already done so, I’d urge you to read my article on glyphosate. To do so click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=547.

The Joy of Learning
One of the things I enjoy most about my job is that there is always more to learn! It keeps things interesting! And, the more I learn, the more I can help my clients. It also seems that every time I attend a workshop I hear exactly what I need to help an existing client or someone who just happens to call right after I’ve returned from the training.

Two of the areas I’ve recently learned more are blood chemistry and autoimmune disease. I’ve been doing blood chemistry analysis for the past several years. It is a great way of determining what nutrients may be lacking and to help bring the body back into balance. Last month I attended a seminar and later this month I am going to another. To learn how blood chemistry analysis can benefit you click here: http://brwellness.com/individual_services.htm

There are hundreds of different autoimmune diseases and many of them have a nutritional component. During early May I attended one of the best seminars I’ve ever experienced. It was given by Dr. Michael Gaeta. He is a wealth of knowledge. I was so impressed I even purchased a package of his recorded seminars. Now of course I need to find the hours to listen to them – I’m sure they are well worth it! And I’m sure as I listen to each I’ll match what I learn to a client who can benefit. Dr. Gaeta has a very informative web site, so if you are interested click here: http://gaetacommunications.com/site/.

And, I have additional training coming up. In September is the Back to School for Doctors in Denver. This is where I learn more about using Standard Process products. In October I’m attending my first Concordia which is a 4-day event in Santa Barbara featuring the Physica Energetics products. That is the new product line I began carrying this year and have seen incredible client results with! Not only do these seminars provide a great opportunity to learn more about the products that I use in practice, but I also meet top practitioners from across the country in attendance. Many of them are willing to be mentors and encourage me to send them questions. This way the learning continues even after the conference.